Myanmar (Burma)

Protecting Rohingya after the Coup in Burma
Protecting Rohingya after the Coup in Burma

The brutalities endured by Burma’s Rohingya—the country’s most vulnerable population—were bad even before the recent coup. The US response must take their plight into account, or risk making it even worse.

Myanmar Coup Could Benefit China - Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar Coup Could Benefit China

The US must act swiftly and decisively against the Myanmar coup to preserve the country’s recent democratic gains and send a message to China.

Pakistan Should Heed the Call of Oppressed Muslims Instead of Oppressing Its Minorities

If Pakistan takes such great lengths to “protect” Islam and its Muslim citizens, it should also seek to protect fellow Muslims abroad who are the victims of ethnic cleansing, oppression, or persecution.

In Myanmar, COVID-19 Poses Greatest Risk to Democracy
In Myanmar, COVID-19 Poses Greatest Risk to Democracy

With Myanmar’s military still controlling 25 percent of its parliament and a history of brutal crackdowns—not to mention the recent Rohingya crisis—COVID-19 is exacerbating the precarious balance between the military and civilians in power.

Missed Opportunities for Religious Freedom in the Time of Corona - Coronavirus COVID-19
Missed Opportunities for Religious Freedom in the Time of Corona

As COVID-19 spreads globally, religious minorities are now more exposed and vulnerable.

MORAL VALUES IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION: Review of Ignatieff’s The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World
Moral Values in an Era of Globalization: Review of Ignatieff’s The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Even though people may not rely on universal human rights rhetoric to guide their specific decisions, Ignatieff argues that the structure of global human rights has contributed indirectly to global solidarity by providing a foundation for people’s ordinary virtues.

US Imposed Sanctions on Burma, Other States Should Do the Same - Burma Sanctions
US Imposed Sanctions on Burma, Other States Should Do the Same

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on several members of the Burmese military, Border Guard Police commanders, and two Burmese military units for their involvement in mass atrocities. More states should do the same.

Advice for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
Advice for the Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom

While the work of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom is vital, the ambassador is most effective when he or she influences the department and US policy as a whole. The combination of ambassador-at-large and religion is thus a difficult one at State, so having someone as politically experienced as Brownback in the role is vital.